NPR Blogs

Pricey New Cholesterol Drug's Effect On Heart Disease Is More Modest Than Hoped

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 9:36am

The injectible drug Repatha is spectacularly good at lowering cholesterol. But the first big clinical trial of its ability to prevent heart attack and stroke finds smaller benefits.

(Image credit: Dan Woodruff/Illustration Works/Getty Images)

Categories: NPR Blogs

Texas Braces For Medicaid Cuts Under GOP Health Plan

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 4:23am

Advocates on both sides of the aisle say the GOP health care bill will be bad for Texas because it will lead to more people without coverage and punish the state because it did not expand Medicaid.

(Image credit: LM Otero/AP)

Categories: NPR Blogs

Over-The-Counter Birth Control Pills Would Be Safe For Teens, Researchers Say

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:09pm

Making contraceptives available over the counter is safe, a review of research finds, and could lead to fewer unplanned pregnancies in both teens and adult women.

(Image credit: BSIP/UIG/Getty Images)

Categories: NPR Blogs

One Way To Force Down Drug Prices: Have The U.S. Exercise Its Patent Rights

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 2:45pm

Some members of Congress say the U.S. government should use the patent rights it owns for any drugs that were developed with federal grants to drive down the prices of those drugs.

(Image credit: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc.)

Categories: NPR Blogs

Trump Administration Proposes Big Cuts In Medical Research

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 10:26am

The National Institutes of Health, which funds research in treatments and cures, could lose 20 percent of its budget under the administration's proposal. More money would go for addiction treatment.

(Image credit: NIH/Flickr)

Categories: NPR Blogs

Dangers Of Opana Opioid Painkiller Outweigh Benefits, FDA Panel Says

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 9:37am

Opana ER has been linked to an HIV outbreak in rural Indiana among people who abuse the opioid painkiller. An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration says the drug is too risky.

(Image credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

Categories: NPR Blogs

Travel Ban Adds Stress To 'Match Week' For Some Doctors

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 4:35am

A medical residency program is the next training step for newly minted doctors, and awaiting "the match" can be tense. For some international students, Trump's travel ban has made that tension worse.

(Image credit: Elana Gordon/WHYY)

Categories: NPR Blogs

3 Women Blinded By Unproven Stem Cell Treatments

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 5:06pm

Three patients were blinded after getting stem cells from fat at a Florida clinic. But a research study showed that induced pluripotent stem cells might someday help treat vision loss.

(Image credit: Professor Miodrag Stojkovic/Science Source)

Categories: NPR Blogs

Former Drug Czar Says GOP Health Bill Would Cut Access To Addiction Treatment

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 5:05pm

The director of National Drug Control Policy under President Obama, Michael Botticelli, says the proposed GOP health bill would decrease access to treatment in the middle of an opioid crisis.

(Image credit: Alex Brandon/AP)

Categories: NPR Blogs

Cancer Drug That Might Slow Parkinson's, Alzheimer's Headed For Bigger Tests

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 12:29pm

In a preliminary study, the cancer drug nilotinib seemed to help patients with Parkinson's and dementia. Now two larger and more rigorous studies of the drug are under way.

(Image credit: Zephyr/Science Source)

Categories: NPR Blogs

As Drug Costs Soar, People Delay Or Skip Cancer Treatments

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 5:00am

Cancer patients increasingly delay or skip taking medication because they can't afford it. New drugs that can cost $100,000 or more a year mean more people suffering "financial toxicity."

(Image credit: Robert Durell for Kaiser Health News)

Categories: NPR Blogs

Planned Parenthood Would Lose Millions In Payments Under GOP Health Plan

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 4:34pm

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that defunding Planned Parenthood would cause an uptick in births. Nearly half of pregnancies in the U.S. are covered by Medicaid.

(Image credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Categories: NPR Blogs

A Blind Theatergoer's 'Hamilton' Lawsuit Aims Spotlight On Broadway Accessibility

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 4:28pm

The class-action suit brought against the hit musical doesn't seek damages. The attorneys say the hope is to draw attention to Broadway's spotty record in serving audiences with disabilities.

(Image credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Categories: NPR Blogs

Love In The Time Of Repeal And Replace

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 4:01pm

One couple sped up their wedding plans because of concern over how a GOP health plan might affect them. The bride had bad experiences in getting health insurance before Obamacare.

(Image credit: Fred Mogul/WNYC)

Categories: NPR Blogs

How Many Would Lose Health Coverage? It Depends On How You Define 'Insurance'

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 12:12pm

The Congressional Budget Office says millions of people would lose coverage under the proposed House bill. But the CBO's definition of insurance is more generous than what Republicans want.

(Image credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Categories: NPR Blogs

A Microbe Hunter Plies Her Trade In Space

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 5:00am

Meet Kate Rubins, a virus-hunter turned astronaut. When she sequenced DNA in space for the first time, she opened the door to a new era in space biology.

(Image credit: NASA Johnson/Flickr)

Categories: NPR Blogs

Orangutan's Vocal Feats Hint At Deeper Roots of Human Speech

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 4:57am

Rocky wowed scientists when he showed he could control his vocal cords much the way people do. His abilities suggest that early humans might have spoken words 10 million years ago.

(Image credit: Mark Kaser/Courtesy of Indianapolis Zoo)

Categories: NPR Blogs

Surgeon On Health Care Bill: The Stakes Are 'Extremely High' For Patients

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 5:07pm

The surgeon and writer Atul Gawande says the Republican plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act is unlikely to attract the young, healthy people who are crucial to the health insurance market.

(Image credit: Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Geisinger Healt/Getty Images)

Categories: NPR Blogs

Nursery Products To Blame For Rise In Infant Injuries, Study Finds

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 2:52pm

The number of children injured by strollers, cribs, carriers and other nursery products is on the rise. Researchers say both parents and manufacturers can do things to limit injuries.

(Image credit: Getty Images)

Categories: NPR Blogs

The Saga Of The Irish Giant's Bones Dismays Medical Ethicists

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 11:10am

Charles Byrne was about 7 feet 7 inches tall, an 18th century marvel whose height came from a pituitary tumor. He asked for privacy in death, but his skeleton is still on display in a London museum.

(Image credit: Wellcome Library, London/Wellcome Images)

Categories: NPR Blogs
Syndicate content